2008 – Coldplay announced plans to release a new EP and album. Chris Martin said the band are planning two further releases including the full-length follow up to Viva La Vida, by the end of 2009. He told BBC 6 Music: “We’re going to put an EP out at Christmas called Prospects March and we’re […]
1942 – Paul McCartney is born in Liverpool, England. The Beatles have 20 No. 1 songs, more than any other recording act, and McCartney by himself or in duets has another nine. His biggest post-Beatles hits are “Ebony and Ivory,” a duet with Stevie Wonder that stays at No. 1 for seven weeks, and “Say […]
1998 – Columbia finally releases Bob Dylan’s historic 1966 “Judas” concert from Manchester, England’s Free Trade Hall as The Bootleg Series, Vol. 4: Bob Dylan Live, 1966: The “Royal Albert Hall Concert.”
1987 – Frankie Goes to Hollywood begins what will be its final tour in Manchester, England.
1972 – Led Zeppelin perform at the Manchester Hardrock in England. “The world’s most overrated band,” sniffs a Melody Maker reviewer, who goes on to dismiss John Paul Jones’ bass as “lifeless thudding” and John Bonham’s drums as sounding like someone “bashing away at leather suitcases and dustbin lids.” Not a fan, we figure.
1970 – Beck Hansen (born Bek David Campbell, July 8, 1970) is an American musician, singer-songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist known by the stage name Beck. With his pop art collage of musical styles, oblique and ironic lyrics, and postmodern arrangements incorporating samples, drum machines, live instrumentation and sound effects, Beck has been hailed by critics and […]
1969 – Pink Floyd record another concert for their Ummagumma album, this time at the Chamber in Commerce in Manchester, England.
1965 – Oh, those Rolling Stones fans. This time a crowd of kids screaming for Mick, Keith, and company are hosed down by police outside the BBC studios in Manchester, England.
1964 – The Animals begin their first headlining tour in Manchester, England. Supporting them are Carl Perkins, Gene Vincent, Tommy Tucker, and the Nashville Teens.
1962 – The Beatles cut their first-ever session for the BBC in Manchester, England, performing “Teenager’s Turn (Here We Go),” “Hello Little Girl,” “Memphis Tennessee,” “Dream Baby,” and “Please Mr. Postman.” It’s also their first appearance in their trademark Beno Dorn suits.
1956 – Joy Division guitarist Bernard Sumner, who moved to vocals for the band’s second coming as New Order, is born in Manchester, England.
1955 – Elvis Costello (Declan McManus) is born in London. His biggest hit is the top 20 song “Veronica” in 1989, which he writes with Paul McCartney. Elvis Costello (born Declan Patrick MacManus 25 August 1954) is an English musician and singer-songwriter, with Irish ancestry. Costello came to prominence as an early participant in London’s […]